NBA Free Agency 2020: Free-agent center Dwight Howard was under the impression that he had a one-year, $3 million deal on the table to return to the LA Lakers before talking to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to Yahoo Sports.
For a few minutes Friday, it appeared Dwight Howard was heading back to the Los Angeles Lakers. Howard caused plenty of confusion Friday, tweeting and deleting a message stating he would re-sign with Los Angeles before eventually agreeing to a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.
He was forced to delete his tweet.
Lakers management notified Howard’s agent that they had to discuss with team ownership and seek permission before making an official offer. Howard waited for nearly an hour without hearing back, sources said.
Within minutes Dwight Howard went from being all in with the Lakers to considering all his options.
Free agency is off to a wild start 👀 pic.twitter.com/RF2OQCHcao
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) November 21, 2020
Howard moving on from the LA Lakers after winning the championship:
Dwight Howard won his first NBA Championship with the LA Lakers. Dwight Howard left the franchise on bad terms following the 2012-13 season, making it a big shock return in 2019-20.
In a part-time role, Howard averaged 7.5 points and 7.3 rebounds in the 2019-20 NBA season.
While the Lakers lost out on re-signing Howard, the team didn’t get shut out in free agency Friday. The Lakers agreed with Wesley Matthews on a one-year, $3.6 million deal.
Howard will look to continue his late-career resurgence with the 76ers. He should play a similar, part-time role in Philadelphia, backing up big man Joel Embiid.